Body Lift and Body Contouring Surgery

Body lift Surgery for Body Contouring after Weight Loss

Many people who lose weight after suffering years or decades of obesity end up with loose skin folds that cannot be resolved through exercise. These skin folds cause postural issues, skin chafing and flapping noises and lead patients to feel less satisfied with their weight changes after bariatric surgery or other weight loss efforts. Plastic Surgery is the next step for reducing unwanted skin folds, redundant skin and crepey-looking skin as well as mal-distributed adipose tissues in areas of the body such as the waist, abdomen/torso, upper torso, back, breasts, face, neck, upper arms and thighs.

All of these procedures have medical names and can be found on our MENU under BODY CONTOURING procedures, with expert body contouring, liposuction and skin reduction Specialist Plastic Surgeons available through a renowned and highly-respected Plastic Surgeons group with consultation locations in Melbourne and Sydney.

Operation and consultation locations:  Weight Loss Skin Reduction Surgery and Surgeons for Body Contouring after Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery Nearby to Melbourne, Camberwell, Kew, Richmond, Balwyn, East Melbourne, Berwick, Frankston, Brighton, Canterbury and Ivanhoe as well as a top Sydney Surgeon operating near Double Bay, NSW.

What is Skin Reduction or Body Lift Surgery?

Excess Skin Reduction surgery for men & women who have lost a significant amount of weight is also referred to as Body Contouring Surgery or Body Lift Surgery.

One key procedure is an Abdominoplasty, extended abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy, depending on your needs.

Other key procedures include Arm Reduction surgery (Bilateral Brachioplasty), thigh reduction (Thighplasty), Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) and more.

  • Body Contouring Surgery may be appropriate for individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight that resulted in heavy skin folds or sagging skin across the body.
  • Common areas for skin reduction include breasts, abdomen, torso, thighs, triceps and back.

Want to reduce hanging skin folds or reshape your body after losing weight? Body Lift Skin Reduction and Liposuction Contouring Surgery can help you achieve a more streamlined body contour.

  • There are a variety of surgical options available to reduce the excess skin folds that develop after significant weight loss, pregnancy or after successful Bariatric Surgery.
  • Many of these procedures involve skin reduction using surgical excisions, liposuction and precision suturing to help you attain smoother, tighter-looking body contours.
  • Surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic, and if multiple procedures are required they may be completed sequentially (individually).
  • Some procedures may occasionally be combined in an extended single surgery session. However, it is usually not recommended to have too many procedures performed at once, this will be decided at your consultation.

Find out how to reduce excess bulges and skin folds after losing weight through Plastic Surgery procedures known as ‘body lift surgery’ or body contouring.

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Procedures Involving Excess Skin Reduction & Skin Fold Excisions/Skin Fold Removal

Circumferential Abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy)

A Circumferential Tummy Tuck is more extensive than a standard tummy tuck. It’s often most suitable for patients who have lost over 30 kilos, resulting in over-hanging folds of skin on their body.

  • The incision typically extends around the entire waistline.
  • Excess skin and fat are reduced surgically; muscles are repaired or tightened and the outer thighs and buttocks are “lifted”.
  • The navel is placed in an aesthetically pleasing location.
  • Liposuction may also be used to help restore a smoother shape.

Thigh Lift (Thigh Reduction Surgery)

A Thighplasty surgery (thigh reduction) is designed to reduce and reshape loose, crepey-looking skin on your thighs, which tends to look ‘rippled’ and saggy. This procedure aims for more contoured thighs. Liposculpture is often used in combination with Thighplasty. Thigh Lift Surgery is essentially TWO operations because both legs are being operated on to remove excess fat, primarily from the inner and outer surfaces of the thigh and buttocks.

Arm Lift (Upper Arm Reduction Surgery/Brachioplasty)

A Brachioplasty or Arm Lift procedure is a surgical reduction of excess skin from the upper arm area, usually from the under-arm area of the body to the elbow. A Bilateral Brachioplasty is essentially two operations (both arms) and often involves liposuction prior to excising the drooping skin. It can help make exercising or wearing sleeved clothing more comfortable and minimises the appearance of “bat wings”.

Lower Body Lift (Thighs, Tummy & Buttocks – Body Contouring along with Lower Body Liposuction)

Lower Body Lift surgery is a combination of Skin Reduction procedures that tighten and sculpt the buttocks, back of the thighs, outer thighs, inner thighs, hips and abdomen. It can repair over-stretched abdominal muscles and reduce loose skin along the thighs and buttocks to significantly improve areas that have redundant, sagging skin.

Breast Lift (With or Without Breast Implants)

A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) involves the reshaping and lifting of the breast to remedy droopy or sagging breasts. This procedure can often be required for women following pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing or significant weight loss. A Breast Lift can be combined with other surgical procedures, the most common being the placement of breast implants, to add shape and volume to the breasts as well as a lift.

Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty, Breast Reduction with Liposuction and Surgical Excisions and Nipple Repositioning)

Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a procedure involving the reduction of overly large breasts. This procedure removes excess breast fat, tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is more proportionate to your body. The breasts and nipples are also elevated to a more central position on the chest wall. If desired, the nipple itself can be adjusted in size, shape or symmetry.

Upper Body Contouring/Upper Body Lift (Arms, Back & Breasts – Body Contouring of the Upper Back and Breast Area)

Upper Body Lift Surgery may consist of one or several procedures, including an upper arm lift, Breast Lift (or Male Breast Reduction) or surgery to remove fat rolls along the back. Loose, sagging skin is targeted and removed from the upper body to create a tighter and smoother contour.

Back Lift Surgery (Back Skin Fold Reduction Surgery including Bra Area Fat Reduction)

A Lower Back Lift and/or an Upper Back Lift may be performed to produce a slimmer, more defined contour to the back by reducing excess, sagging skin. An upper back lift is a type of plastic surgery that aims to correct and reduce sagging upper back fat “rolls” which are prominent around the bra line. During a lower back lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the lower back and the buttocks are lifted.

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Liposuction for Lower Body Areas (Lower Body Liposuction Procedures)

Liposuction is a surgical technique that helps improves body contours by reducing excess fat deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube (cannula).

  • The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small skin incisions.
  • Fat reduction is accomplished by the suction cannula creating tiny “tunnels” through the fatty layers and reducing fat cells.
  • After surgery, these tunnels collapse, improving body contours.

 Facelift Surgery After Weight Loss

Facelift Surgery can help you regain a firmer lower face or firmer jawline appearance by reducing sagging skin or jowls, helping reduce some wrinkles or deep trough lines, especially if combined with other skin treatments or a neck lift. A Facelift involves lifting the tissues of the mid and lower part of the face, as well as tightening and lifting the skin and underlying muscle.

 Neck Lift Surgery after Weight Loss

A Neck lift procedure lifts the back (rear) corner of the platysma muscle, drawing the surrounding tissue up, which greatly reduces looseness in the skin and underlying tissues on the neck.


For more information on any of the procedures listed above, BOOK a Consultation Today at one of our convenient locations at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men across Melbourne: at Hawthorn East or Williamstown. Our Body Contouring Surgeons for Excess Skin Reduction is Dr Geoff Barnett.

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When To Consider Skin Reduction after Weight Loss or other Events

What causes excess or sagging skin?

Our skin is a living organ, and it adapts to weight gain by expanding or stretching. Our skin has a limited ability to tighten once that excess weight is lost, and this depends on a number of factors.

When it comes to the extra flab you may have around your stomach, arms, thighs or back, the accumulation of fat stretches your skin tight, so when you lose that fat, your skin isn’t able to snap back to where it used to be.

Over time, the elasticity of your skin weakens, and when it comes to your stomach, your abdominal muscles and connective tissue also weaken which are largely responsible for how tight and toned your abdomen is.

Many factors can contribute to excess/sagging skin, including, but not limited to:

  • Significant Weight Loss or Weight Fluctuation
  • Pregnancy
  • Ageing
  • Heredity Condition
  • Gravity

 Why doesn’t skin just ‘snap back’ after losing weight?

Some people are more susceptible to having redundant folds of skin. Your skin’s ability to contract or “bounce back” after losing weight depends on various factors such as:

  • Quality of your skin’s elasticity
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Amount of weight gained and lost
  • Sun exposure
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, medication and environment

Drastic weight loss often means your skin is not fully able to adapt to your new, leaner shape. If your skin had stretched to accommodate your heaviest weight and now lacks resilience, then body contouring surgery can help.

Am I a Good Candidate for Excess Skin Reduction or skin fold removal after weight loss or gastric band/gastric sleeve surgery?

Mentally, excess skin can lead to embarrassment and a lack of satisfaction with your body image, even after significant weight loss. The accomplishment of losing weight is sometimes diminished because this is not reflected in the ‘final result’.

  • Body Contouring Surgery can help to remove sagging or hanging skin to restore a firmer-looking, more flattering body contour, helping you to look how you feel.
  • Skin Reduction Surgery helps people who have lost weight to regain body-confidence by removing embarrassing or uncomfortable folds of redundant (unnecessary) skin.
  • To be considered a suitable candidate for Body Contouring Surgery, you must have realistic expectations about what can be achieved.
  • You will also have scars in the treated areas although we work with you to minimise them with special skin treatments.
  • Body Lift is ideal for patients that have achieved their desired weight goal and been the same weight for the last 12 months.

Common Reasons For Wanting Skin Reduction?

Some of the reasons you may be exploring your surgical options for excess skin removal:

  • Loose sagging skin that is uncomfortable or embarrassing
  • Recurring skin infections such as chaffing or intertrigo
  • Feeling ‘off-balance’ during exercise
  • Feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious in swimwear
  • Unpleasant body odour due to moisture trapped in excess skin
  • Fear of intimacy due to current body contours
  • Inability to see your natural body curves or shape due to excess skin
  • Discomfort with the ‘flapping’ your skin makes as you move around or exercise
  • Difficulty finding clothing that flatters or fits you (e.g. wearing baggy clothing even though you’ve lost weight)

The Surgical Process of Skin Reduction after Weight Loss/Weight Loss Surgery

Surgery Checklist for patients

Before you decide on your Surgeon or proceed with Body Contouring Surgery, there are a few important questions to consider:

  • Is my preferred Surgeon a highly-skilled, FRACS qualified & experienced Specialist?
  • Is my Body Contouring surgery going to be performed in a fully accredited Hospital?
  • Am I in good health and do I maintain a nutritionally healthy lifestyle?
  • Do I have realistic expectations about what Body Contouring surgery can actually achieve?
  • Am I choosing to have surgery for the right reasons and at the right time?
  • Am I willing and able to undergo an initial recovery period of approximately 4-6 weeks?
  • Do I have someone (a friend, partner or relative) who can assist me during my recovery?
  • Am I patient enough to wait until all the swelling goes down before I see my final results?

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An Overview of Body Contouring Surgery Procedures including Liposuction, Body Lifts and Breast Reduction

The exact procedure time will vary depending on the type of surgery performed, and whether your surgeries are performed together or sequentially.

 Combined Procedures for Body Contouring & Body Lift Surgery

Depending upon your individual needs and desired outcomes, Skin Reduction Surgery is entirely customised to your specific needs. Individual procedures may be combined to allow for minimised recovery times and lower theatre/hospital charges.

Your chosen Plastic Surgeon will be able to advise the best surgical approach for you, and explore your options when it comes to combining Skin Reduction procedures.

 Anaesthesia – different types

Medications and General Anaesthesia are administered for your comfort during your Surgical procedure.

Find out more about what’s involved with plastic surgery by requesting one of our free PDF Guides to Cosmetic Surgery.

 Circumferential Abdominoplasty (Belt Lipectomy) – another type of Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

  • For a Belt Lipectomy, an incision is made that spans the entire circumference of the torso/waistline.
  • Liposuction and other techniques are used to remove excess fat and skin in both the front and back of the body. Tightening the muscles around your abdomen with a new opening for the navel is the finishing touch.
  • At the end of the procedure, the incision/s are closed using sutures thigh lift/reduction.
  • There are multiple techniques available for a thigh lift procedure, including an inner thigh lift, mini thigh lift, bilateral thigh lift & medial thigh lift. Your Plastic Surgeon will customise your procedure to fit your specific needs and desired surgical outcome.
  • Your Surgeon will make an incision into your thigh, according to the type of thigh lift to be performed.
  • This incision will allow your Surgeon to access the underlying tissues, where they will remove stubborn fat deposits and tissue. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat.
  • Your skin will be pulled tight and your incisions will be closed with sutures. Drains may be inserted to prevent fluid accumulation and infection, although this is not always necessary.

Liposuction for Lower Body Areas – Body Contouring and Body Shaping Surgery

  • Most Liposuction procedures use a ‘tumescent technique’ to minimise blood loss and bruising.
  • A diluted fluid of local anaesthetic and adrenaline (capillary constrictor) is injected into the fat being treated to soften the fat for easy removal which minimises swelling and bruising. Thin metallic tubes called cannulas are then inserted into the body through tiny incisions in the skin.
  • The cannula is then attached to a vacuum-type device that collects the fat.
  • Your chosen surgeon will make controlled motions to dislodge the fat, which is suctioned out with a surgical vacuum.

Breast lift (with or without breast implants)

  • There are a number of different approaches to Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery depending on your level of Ptosis (Breast Sagging).
  • An incision will be made into your breast depending on the type of procedure you and your surgeon have chosen.
  • After your breasts are reshaped and the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed using sutures breast reduction.
  • There are a number of different incision approaches and types of Breast Reduction surgery options available.
  • An incision will be made around the areola area and vertically from the areola to the inframammary fold.
  • Excess Breast Tissue, skin and fat are removed, and the nipples are repositioned if necessary and the breast is lifted.
  • Liposuction may also be used to help reduce chest area skin folds and assist in giving you a pleasing breast shape.
  • After your breasts are reshaped and reduced in size, the incisions are closed using sutures.

 Breast Reduction Surgery (Women or Men)

  • There are a number of different incision approaches and types of Breast Reduction surgery options available.
  • Different types of procedures are required for men (Gynaecomastia Surgery/Breast Reduction) and Women (Reduction Mammoplasty)
  • An incision will be made around the areola area and vertically from the areola to the inframammary fold.
  • Excess Breast Tissue, skin and fat are removed, and the nipples are repositioned if necessary and the breast is lifted.
  • Liposuction may also be used to help reduce chest area skin folds and assist in giving you a pleasing breast shape.
  • After your breasts are reshaped and reduced in size, the incisions are closed using sutures.

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

  • Incisions are made which run from the armpit area to variable lengths towards the elbow.
  • If the excess skin extends past the armpit and onto the chest wall, the incision is extended to incorporate this (an Extended Brachioplasty).
  • Liposuction is often used in combination with Brachioplasty surgery to reduce excess fatty tissue from the under and outer surfaces of the arm.
  • The incision edges are then closed using stitches that are beneath the skin (dissolvable sutures, so that they do not need to be removed).

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Back Lift Procedures: Reducing Back Fat or Back Skin Rolls / Bra Area Fat Reduction

  • A lower or upper back lift may be performed to produce a slimmer, more defined contour to the back and remove excess or sagging skin.
  • The incision for the upper back lift is made within the confines of the back portion of the bra, while the incision for the lower back lift is made on the back above the buttocks.
  • The lower back lift technique is often performed as part of the lower body lift; however, these techniques can be performed on their own as well.
  • For a lower back lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the lower back and the buttocks are lifted. For an upper back lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper back and from beneath the bra line area.
  • Once excess skin and fat is removed, the incisions are closed using sutures.

Facelift Surgery

  • Facelifts are highly customised procedures, with a number of different types and approaches available depending on your condition and desired results.
  • A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp.
  • A Facelift involves lifting the tissues of the mid and lower part of the face, as well as tightening and lifting skin and underlying muscle around the mid and upper neck.
  • Once the “lift” is complete, excess skin is trimmed (usually behind the ears and at the hairline), and the incisions are closed with sutures.

Neck lift Surgery

  • For Neck Lift Surgery a small incision will be made behind each ear, and depending on your needs may also make a third small incision underneath the chin.
  • Through these incisions, your chosen Plastic Surgeron will tighten the neck muscles and/ or underlying tissues and remove excess, sagging skin to restore a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance to the neck.
  • After excess skin and tissue has been removed, your incisions will be closed using sutures.


TIP: Your Surgeon will be able to suggest and advise on the preferred Body Contouring procedure/s for you, depending on your particular condition and what approach will work best to attain a successful surgical result.

Keep your expectations realistic AND aim to choose the right Surgeon for YOUR needs: FRACS membership plus decades of experience performing Body Contouring Surgery is a good place to start. DO follow ALL pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions to help optimise results.  Read about our FRACS Qualified Surgeons.


Why Should I Get Skin Reduction Surgery?

Benefits of excess skin reduction surgery to reduce skin folds and remove excess skin tissues

  • Firmer, Lifted & Youthful Body Appearance, Confidence, More Choices & Freedom The obvious, physical benefit of Body Contouring/Skin Reduction procedures is a firmer, lifted and more youthful-looking body appearance. For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, being left with excess, hanging skin can be an unexpected and unwanted result.
  • Body Contouring procedures can help to removed unwanted, excess skin that can not only have a negative effect on your confidence but can cause difficulty when it comes to performing physical activity, as well as discomfort caused by skin irritations.
  • Body Contouring procedures can help to restore a firmer, more sculpted body contour, helping patients to regain a more attractive bodily appearance after significant weight loss as a result of Bariatric Surgery, pregnancy or lifestyle & diet changes.
  • Sagging, excess skin can have a negative impact on your body image & self-confidence. Body Contouring Surgery can help to restore your confidence if you have previously been self-conscious about the appearance of excess skin on your body after weight loss or pregnancy.
  • Many people who hold concerns about their excess, sagging skin may resort to wearing clothes that hide or distort their figure. Body Contouring surgery can help to restore a more toned physique, therefore providing you with the confidence to wear clothes, such as those with lower neck lines, or more fitted clothing.
  • This can be freeing for those who have always felt selfconscious wearing figure-hugging clothing, lingerie or swimwear in the past.
  • Excess skin can restrict your movements or hamper your ability to perform daily physical activities or exercises.
  • The removal of excess skin not only has many obvious physical and psychological benefits, but it can also help you to exercise and move around more freely. Being able to participate in physical activity without excess skin affecting your movement may also help to keep excess weight off and maintain your surgical results.


MEDICARE: An approximate range of out-of-pocket expense for your surgery can be provided over the Phone by calling (03) 8849 1444 and speaking with a Patient Care Team or Downloading one of our Guides or reading the blog on Medicare Cover.

Also, some patients choose to pay for loose skin reduction surgery after weight loss using SUPER withdrawal via applying for early release of super through the ATO.

Recovery and Healing

Post-operative Recovery from Body Contouring

  • Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person.
  • The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure/s and other health & lifestyle factors.
  • The general rule is that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following each surgery.
  • Scar maturation often takes up to 12 months or longer.
  • Be sure you wear your post-operation garment(s) exactly as instructed and DO take advantage of the Rapid Recovery products provided to assist your healing and recovery.

You will need to work with your Surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time.

  • It is important to consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
  • It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the designated time frames.
  • At Cosmetic Surgery for Women & Men, your post-operative support garments will be provided by your Surgeon and are an important part of getting a good result – so is collaborating with your Surgeon and following a healthy lifestyle.
  • Be sure you attend ALL post-operative appointments.

Rapid Recovery And Light Treatments

  • Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons provide a Rapid Recovery Pack that is called ‘Science & Love’.
  • This Pack contains evidence-based products aimed to facilitate your healing along with post-op pampering products.
  • Your Rapid Recovery Pack will also include a guide book with helpful information that can assist you through your healing and recovery period. Be sure you contact your Surgeon or Medical Teams with any concerns even if you think they’re minor.
  • You may also be offered low-level light therapy treatments such as Healite II before or after surgery – ask your Surgeon for details.
  • Good results depend on numerous factors; so it is very important to follow your Surgeon’s specific post-surgery advice.

 Maintaining Results after Skin Surgery after Weight Loss

Please keep in mind that your results from Skin Reduction surgery are likely to be impacted by changes in your diet, your skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI)/weight. It is important to work collaboratively with your Surgeon to optimise results. Be sure to keep your expectations realistic.

  • Every patient is unique.
  • Surgery results will vary from patient to patient and change with time.
  • Skin may be stretched and become loose again if your weight fluctuates after your Skin Reduction procedures.
  • To maximise the longevity of your Skin Reduction Surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

Scar Healing & Minimisation after Skin Surgery After Weight Loss or Bariatric Surgery

Once bruising after surgery resolves and your initial swelling has gone down, you may begin to focus more on your incision line treatments.

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men are dedicated to minimising your scars. They strive for precision surgical techniques and incision line placement and are likely to offer you special Coco Ruby post-operative scar minimisation treatments.

  • Post-Surgery scars following Skin Reduction Surgery will vary depending on your chosen procedure/s.
  • When possible, your chosen Surgeon will complete the necessary surgical incisions in areas where scarring is likely to be less noticeable.
  • The location of your excess skin folds dictates where the incision lines need to be placed for optimal results.
  • Like most scars, any scarring as a result of your Skin Reduction procedure will pass through phases, and you will notice a gradual improvement over time.
  • As your scar matures (which can take up to 12 months following surgery) additional therapy may be required to assist in the minimisation of the scar such as Fraxel or Healite-II Low-Level Light Therapy is available to patients when required.

Unanswered Questions?

Concerned about your recovery or possible scarring? Check out a bigger list of FAQ’s and information on the surgical process, or attend one of Cosmetic Surgery for Woman & Men Events. For more information about Pricing and Payment methods of your Surgery, please visit our page on Surgery Payments.

You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1444


 Plastic Surgery Prices in Melbourne: How Much Does It COST For A Skin Reduction Procedure?

Because of the number and complexity of the surgeries involved, a complete Body Lift can be costly. Private Health Insurance can be of assistance for some operations. Body Lift (or Body Contouring) is a life-changing investment in the new you. Fortunately, somebody lift patients have been able to access their accumulated superannuation funds in order to assist with this life-changing operation.

Your selected Specialist Plastic Surgeon can offer you a price range for your surgery depending on the type of procedure/s and other contributing factors.

At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed Quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a Specialist Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the Hospital fees. An approximate range of out-of-pocket expenses for your surgery can be provided over the phone from a Patient Care Advisor. Call us on (03) 8849 1444

Choosing The Right Body Contouring Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgeon v’s Cosmetic Surgeon

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications and this video explains the Difference Between Plastic Surgeons v’s Cosmetic Surgeons. Featuring one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons Dr Rebecca Wyten.

Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon or other type of Surgeon. Anyone with an MBBS Qualification (Bachelor of Medicine or Surgery) can call themselves a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’, however, they likely did not have the minimum 12 years experience and rigorous training that is required to become a Plastic Surgeon. They might even be a GP or General Surgeon who hasn’t reached a high level of finesse for these complex surgical processes for skin reduction and contouring after weight loss.

Qualifications, Experience and Reviews

It is important to research a Surgeon’s qualifications, reviews and experience before deciding on the Surgeon who will perform your Skin Reduction & Body Contouring procedure/s.

It is highly recommended that you choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is accredited by a recognised association and performs surgery in an accredited Hospital rather than a ‘backroom’. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as a minimum qualification for your Plastic Surgeon.

It may also be helpful to consider the recommendations of your friends & family, as well as on-line reviews to have a better understanding of a Surgeon’s experience and previous outcomes. But remember, results are unique to each and every patient.

So, What Should I Look For when choosing the Plastic Surgeon to perform my skin reduction operations?

  • A local Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with the appropriate qualifications & recognised associations.
  • A Surgeon who operates in an accredited, clean and safe facility.
  • Proven experience & good reviews from real patients on reputable websites or recommendations from your friends/family.

If you want to learn more about our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for post-bariatric Body Contouring Surgery, or Excess Skin Removal, Meet Our Team of Specialist Surgeons. Our Body Lift Specialists are highly-regarded for their complex surgery expertise.

 Before and After Body Contouring Surgery or Excess Skin Reduction (Removal)

Arm Lift; Before and After; Melbourne; Surgery; Arm Reduction
Above: Before & After Arm Lift Surgery

body lift melbourne Before and After Tummy Tuck Dr Richard Maxwell

Above: Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

*Disclaimer: Individual surgery results can vary significantly from patient to patient.

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How to Book your Initial Consultation

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  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral although no rebates are claimable without one.
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

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What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

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